29 Apr 2010 00:00:00.000
The University of Nottingham is developing new ties with India and Australia after joining forces with two leading universities.
Both Nottingham and the University of Melbourne in Australia will be working with Manipal University in India, to develop joint and dual degrees, student and staff exchanges, teaching collaborations and joint research programmes in areas including alternative energy, health sciences and public policy.
Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, travelled to Bangalore to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and to start discussions with his counterparts at Melbourne and Manipal.
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The initiative comes against a background of proposed higher education reform in India, which will enable international universities to become more actively involved in the development and expansion of higher education in India.
The University of Nottingham is one of the most ‘international’ universities in the UK, with 8,000 overseas students at its UK campuses and another 8,000 studying at its sites in Malaysia and China.
The goal at Nottingham is for 25 per cent of all undergraduate students to undertake some form of exchange, to immerse themselves in a foreign culture while continuing with their degree studies.
Professor Greenaway said: “We have been actively looking to extend our partnerships in India, which is now one of the world’s largest and most dynamic economies. We now have the opportunity to do this working with Manipal University — one of India’s most international universities and with Melbourne, one of Australia’s leading universities. We look forward to actively collaborating with both institutions on a wide range of activities including teaching, research and exchange programmes.”
Nottingham has been welcoming international students for much of its history. It was the first UK university to set up a full campus overseas, in Malaysia, and the first overseas university in the world to establish a teaching and research university inside China.
Studying at a thriving international university offers huge benefits to students, giving them the opportunity to meet and work with others from around the globe, enhancing their educational experience and ensuring they’re better equipped for an increasingly global world of work.
The other signatories to the Memoranda were Mr Anand Sudarshan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Manipal Education, and Professor Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. Professor Christine Ennew, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation at The University of Nottingham, also took part in the signing ceremony in Bangalore.
The University of Melbourne is a stakeholder in U21 Global, the online university promoted by a consortium of international universities, including Nottingham. The Memorandum of Understanding came about following collaboration between the three universities over a number of years.
The Manipal group has three universities under its fold which include Manipal University, Sikkim Manipal University and American University of Antigua, and more than 30 institutions in India besides colleges and campuses in Antigua, Dubai, Malaysia and Nepal. It has an annual intake of 9,000 students and currently has 23,000 active students.
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
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